FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2014
RALEIGH, NC – NC LIVE, North Carolina’s statewide public and academic library consortium, is experimenting with a new eBook project that gives North Carolina library patrons unlimited access to more than 1,200 eBook titles from North Carolina-based publishers. This collection offers a wide range of content, including novels by popular North Carolina authors, poetry, short stories, and non-fiction. The eBooks are available for public use on the BiblioBoard platform from http://nclive.org/ebooks and on North Carolina library websites, featuring titles like Guests on Earth by Lee Smith and North Carolina and Old Salem Cookery by Beth Tartan, among many others.
NC LIVE, North Carolina’s statewide public and academic library consortium, is experimenting with new eBook purchasing and funding models that will give North Carolina library patrons unlimited access to more than 1,000 eBook titles from North Carolina-based publishers. This collection features a range of content, including novels by popular North Carolina authors, poetry, short stories, and non-fiction. The eBooks will be available for public use in July on the BiblioBoard platform.
The consortium partnered with eight local publishing houses to purchase the eBooks directly. Publishers include Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill (an imprint of Workman Books), Crossroad Press, Gryphon House, Ingalls Publishing Group, John F. Blair Publishing, McFarland, Press 53, and UNC Press. Unlike traditional eBook licenses, the agreements for the new eBook content feature always available, unlimited simultaneous user access during the life of the pilot, meaning patrons will not have to place a hold or wait for an eBook to become available. Additionally, the BiblioBoard platform allows users to view the eBooks in a web browser or download them to their tablet devices via an app.
NC LIVE is pleased to announce the second financial literacy webinar, "Dividend Paying Stocks," from Morningstar Investment Research Center.
On June 19, Josh Peters, the editor of the popular newsletter, Morningstar DividendInvestor, will help patrons build their portfolios with dividend paying stocks. He will discuss his time-tested process for finding high-quality investments, and how to avoid dividend cuts. He’ll close the workshop by answering questions from the audience.
This event is part of Morninstar's series of live web sessions on investment topics hosted by Morningstar’s financial professionals. Morningstar, a comprehensive online investing database that provides independent opinions and data on more than 30,000 stocks and mutual funds, is available to all library patrons across the state of North Carolina via NC LIVE. Morningstar invites all library patrons to participate in these free workshops. Patrons have full access to the series and the option to replay the presentations.
To provide library patrons with home access to these resources, North Carolina libraries often provide patrons with an NC LIVE password. (Please note: If you use your library card number or another method to access these resources, you will not be impacted and may continue to use that method.)
2012-13 NC LIVE remote access passwords will expire on September 30, 2013.
Your library's 2013-14 password is now active. Please contact your local library to get the new password. There will be a two-month grace period (August 1-September 30) during which time both the 2012-13 and 2013-14 passwords will allow users to access NC LIVE resources.
If you aren't sure how to access NC LIVE from home, please get in touch with the staff at your local library, who will be happy to provide you with instructions.
The Open Library NC Project is a collaboration between the Internet Archive and NC LIVE. Because of this collaboration, all of North Carolina has access to a large-scale shared downloadable eBook collection called the Open Library eBook Lending Collection. The eBooks in this collection are digital scans of books contributed by libraries around the country.
Today’s world of always-online smartphones and ubiquitous Wi-Fi makes it hard to imagine the online landscape faced by North Carolina libraries in 1998, when NC LIVE was first founded.
This spring marks the 15th anniversary of NC LIVE, and to celebrate this milestone, the NC LIVE logo now has a new look. Today, we're unveiling the new logo on the NC LIVE website, and soon, library patrons can expect to see it on library websites across North Carolina.
For two weeks in February, staff of NC LIVE, North Carolina libraries, and vendor partners participated in six regional meetings of the North Carolina Small Business Center Network (NC SBCN).
During the past 15 years, many North Carolinians have used NC LIVE services, whether through the NC LIVE website, or through local North Carolina libraries, and we want to hear from you!